Edeas are getting v v v popular with the younger skaters!
As far as I know, Jackson is still leading, with Edea (Ice Fly) following, and Riedells and Harlicks...
As for blades, Paramounts are extremely noisy but if you need the lightness then go for it
the new revolutions are semi-hollow... never used, no comment
gold seals- my spins coach ADORES (bobbe shire)
It seems that the Edea's are popular, but is it really because they work or because they are hyped up? Every skater I've talked to has said that Edea's are good until they break because they really break. They can't continue to skate in them at all until they get a new pair..unlike the traditional leather skate that still holds you up until you manage to get your new boots. They also complain about the fit. If you don't get them fitted right then they cause a lot of problems. Getting fitted right is good if you live near someone who knows how to do it, but most skaters don't. I've also known a lot of skaters that have gone back to the leather boot after wearing Edea.The most popular brands that skaters seem to stick with in the U.S are Jackson, Riedell and Risport.
If you check out most of the high level skaters, especially the Olympic skaters, most of them either wear Jackson or Risport (very popular among the russian skaters). Most of the blades were also either Wilson, MK or the Ultima Matrix.
I've heard they are better for jumping because they are lighter. I've never tried them so I'm not sure, but I'd like to try them if true.
The new line of Riedell's are much lighter and supposedly fairly comparable (or getting there) to the lightness of the Edea.
I got my Paramounts back when the company was new and nobody else had any yet. At that time they only had one profile and didn't advertise that it was a mimic of Pattern 99's. I got them because I got a great deal offer on them after my previous skates with Gold Seals were stolen. I wasn't interested in them, but the price was right and I decided to give them a fair shot since I had speculated that they would be awful. I don't think they're awful, but neither do I plan on sticking with them.
The stainless steel is nice in that it stays sharp FOREVER, and you don't have to worry about possibility of rust, but I didn't think that periodic sharpenings were ever a big deal. What's really strange is that, perhaps because of the material, or again perhaps because of the lack of flex, they feel way sharper than the same sharpening on traditional blades. I used to like 3/8" or 5/16" ROH sharpenings on my Gold Seals (and before that Gold Stars) to get plenty of bite, but on the Paramounts I have only a standard 7/16" and it still feels too sharp even though it has been years since my last sharpening! I cannot do one-foot stops anymore - not for lack of skill but because when I do the blade skips and jumps across the ice unpleasantly rather than allowing a smooth stop. I suspect the problem would go away if I reduced the ROH to 1/2" or bigger. I also find the appearance of them frankly ugly. Not as bad as Matrix blades or the new Revolution blades, but ugly nonetheless. I really prefer the appearance of traditional blades - chromed single-piece steel - but especially gold plated ones.
If I had to get new Paramounts, I would try carbon steel versions with a Gold Seal profile to see what I thought. However at this point I'm eager to go back to Gold Seals - I know it's a blade that works wonderfully for me (I definitely liked moving to it from Gold Stars), I don't mind the extra weight (actually I think it's beneficial for strength development), and I prefer the appearance.
Paramount has this nice image comparing 3 common profiles (which they offer on their blades in any of the materials listed above):
the shape of the paramount (no idea which one- sorry) drives me insane- i despise it. also i don't even care where the sound comes from; i just know that it's there and that i never want to try them.
To add insult to injury, a month or two after my skates were stolen, I received an E-mail from somebody saying they had bought them at a secondhand store for $50, read my name off the bottom and inside (Klingbeil puts your first name on the bottom and last name on the insole), googled my name and contacted me asking if I wanted them back for free. I wrote back expressing my gratitude and even offering a reward, but they never replied after that! *grrr*...
In case you're curious...
I'm not a metallurgist but I'm fairly certain there is no scientific evidence of stainless steel blades staying sharp for longer than carbon steel blades. It's down to maintenence. If you're lazy use stainless. If you're not use carbon. If anyone has any proof, please share!
ultimas and jacksons are popular at my rink
the reason being is that they give free introductory skates when they register for skating classes, and they're like jacksons 120 or something. so then people move up and get jacksons cuz that's what they're used to. ultimas are what ive coaches recommend skaters
then again we dont have that deep of a talent pool..most of our regular skaters are probably preliminary at best. so they don't really need the higher level blades/boots yet. plus ultimas are cheaper and reliable.
two skaters with edeas. maybe a few riedells. but mostly jackson.
i would really like to get pattern 99 rev blades (yes, because yuzuru hanyu uses them lol)
are john wilson/MK blades really that better than ultimas?